Im nächsten Frühjahr wird es eine Konferenz in Wien unter dem Titel “ (Selbst-)Darstellungen von
Queer(s) in Ostasien“ geben. Auf so etwas oder ähnliches habe ich schon sehr lange gewartet und bin sehr glücklich, dass das Thema jetzt Aufmerksamkeit erlangt.
Ich habe ebenfalls einen Beitragsvorschlag eingereicht. Aber selbst wenn er nicht genommen werden sollte, werde ich auf jeden Fall versuchen, dort hinzugehen! Hier übrigens der CFP:
Bei meinem Vorschlag geht es nicht um Selbstdarstellung, sondern um die Darstellung von einer gleichgeschlechtlichen, sexuellen Tradition im mittelalterlichen Japan durch die moderne Wissenschaft. Hier also mein Vorschlag:
30 min. talk on
Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Historiography
Homosexual, paedophilic Buddhist monks
As late as the medieval times of Kamakura- (1185-1333) and Muromachi-Period (1336-1573) many Buddhist monasteries supported an institutionalized system which sexually abused acolytes (chigo稚児) – at least from a modern point of view. Researchers have studied the topic nanshoku男色 (male love) extensively, especially in the last 20-25 years. Looking at the scholarly discourse it becomes apparent that this subject is very susceptible to anachronistic interpretations. The review of nanshoku is marked by prejudices and reflects nowadays’ (Japanese) historiography dealing with sexuality and gender.
Monasteries were a place of studying and education for many male children. In accordance to their parents’ social status the boys were more or less privileged members of this society. For monks they were not only wards but objects of adoration, lust and quarrel. The discourse which evolved around the love between a monk and a chigo was signified by the keyword nanshoku.
The focus of this talk will be on modern studies of nanshoku. Several of these are marked by difficulties concerning the interpretation of sources. These are in particular
o the unification of homosexuality and paedophilia without implicating there was an organic correlation,
o the objective description of nanshoku and simultaneously the distancing and condemnation of paedophilia,
o the usage of terms like “homosexuality” and “heterosexuality” within a context that cannot be described adequately with either term, and
o the assumption that heterosexuality was a natural prerequisite of human existence.
It is not the intention of this talk to establish a position of an “enlightened” occident or end up in a kind of “Japan-bashing”. But it will display criticism on those representatives of academia who reproduce modern stereotypes and complicate the lives of homosexual people in Japan by stigmatizing them as transgressors of norms. Consequently, the question must be asked how much the notion of the variety of sexualities and genders informs and affects scholarly writing and society in Japan in general.
Drückt mir die Daumen! 😉